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Stephen D. Livesay
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Bryan College National Alumni
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Steve Stewart, '85
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In the past few weeks the United States and the world have witnessed the passing
of one of the great statesmen of our time, President Ronald Reagan. So many Americans
as well as world leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to a man who
brought back to the world conscience those immortal ideas of faith and freedom and
destiny which so characterized our Puritan forefathers in 1630. President Reagan
reminded us often what John Winthrop so prophetically proclaimed as he and our
Puritan forefathers disembarked from that small ship, the Arbella, onto the Massachusetts
shore, that this country would indeed be a city upon a hill, a city which would either
attract others to its light because of the purity of her life and mission, or a city which
would be the object of God's displeasure. Surely the eyes of the world are upon us
today, and John Winthrop 's admonitions ring as clearly and true today as they did
nearly 400 years ago.
Bryan College likewise has been a beacon of hope for 74 years, a Christian liberal
arts college set upon the beautiful hills of Dayton, reflecting the light of God's grace
and truth throughout the world. In this issue of Bryan Life you will see how God is
carrying His light through students and friends of Bryan to many parts of the world
even as we establish numerous new opportunities for our students to study abroad
and have their vision sharpened for ministering in a global context. This past year has
been one of those benchmark years upon which we will look back to see the reflection
of a Bryan College whose students shine forth the light of the gospel upon a darkened
As we graduated 128 seniors on May 8, we concluded a year in which we entertained
three accreditation visits. God gave us resounding victories for each of them, and in
so doing called us to nurture a light which will shine brighter and farther than ever
• Our wonderful decennial reaffirmation review by our regional accreditation body,
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, opens the way for us to begin
developing graduate programs.
• Our review by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) enables
all our students in our teacher licensure programs not only to receive their Tennessee
license, but also their license to teach in any of the Christian schools associated
• And for the first time in our history Bryan became one of only seven colleges in the state,
public or private, to have an athletic training program approved by the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, enabling our graduates to be
eligible for full athletic trainer licensure and certification.
John Winthrop said that the eyes of the world would be upon us as a people — "if
we deal falsely with our God, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the
world, but if we love the Lord our God and one another and walk in His ways and
keep his commandments, then the Lord our God will bless us in the land." Bryan
College is positioned to shine forth a Kingdom light throughout this world which will
give all glory and praise to our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
As President Reagan courageously called America back to her moral moorings and
in so doing engendered God's blessing for our nation, even so Bryan College — in the
midst of a Christian community which has seen her light dimmed by not clearly shining
forth the truths of our Christian faith — needs to stand firm upon the Word of God, with
an unfettered vision, and in so doing witness God's blessing upon His people.
Stephen D. Livesay
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"Make a difference in today's world" is
taking on a new meaning as Bryan
College initiates two programs designed
to make an impact internationally.
A Central European Executive Lecture
Series is under way, designed to help
introduce free-market ideals to that formerly
Marxist region, demonstrate Christian
business concepts, and give Bryan students
international business exposure.
Meanwhile, finishing touches are being
put on a new Bible class, Missions:
Foundations and Applications, which will
combine academic studies with cross-cultural
field experience outside the continental
United States. The class begins this fall.
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay
said these initiatives encourage students to
think globally about the vocation to which
God has called them. "A significant part of
fulfilling Bryan's mission of educating
students to serve Jesus Christ and through
that service to make a Kingdom difference
is the opportunity that Bryan gives to our
students to see that the gospel message is
global. I believe it is essential for Bryan to
provide and encourage opportunities for
our students to understand other cultures
"I'm interested in international business and finance, Masaryk university. He also met with
.. ... . . . . representatives of Greater Europe
and this will be a great help to have this experience Mission and with Chattanooga, Tenn.,
With Mr. HenSOn." - Matthew Ellis businessman Dave Nabors to develop
a partnership to reach the Czech
and to interact with those cultures in a variety of
disciplines. The new opportunities in Central Europe
and Micronesia involve our students both as teachers
and as learners, broadening and deepening the
understanding of their disciplines in ways not
possible here at home, and at the same time giving
them an expanded vision with hearts of love and
Dennis Miller, Bryan's executive director of
external relations and director of the Central
European program, said the lecture series began
this spring, with a business development center
targeted for opening in the fall in the Czech and
"In April, I went to Central Europe to initiate
the first phase of the program," he said. During that
visit, Reid Henson, former vice chairman of the
board of Coca-Cola Consolidated, lectured in
Bratislava and Trnava, Slovakia, on case studies he
had been involved with while he was with Coca-
Cola and the Hanes Corp.
Mr. Henson lectured at the Slovak University
of Economics, Comenius University, and the
Business School of Trnava. Later, Steve Sell, a Florida
businessman and advisor to the Republican National
Committee, visited Brno, Czech Republic, to
establish a similar lecture series for Bryan with
business community for Christ.
"The few Christian business people in the Brno
area have little access to outside help and
encouragement," Mr. Miller said. "The lectures from
successful Christian business leaders will be an
encouragement to those who are trying to live out
their faith in their businesses, and will be a challenge
to university students to consider the implications
of Christian ethics in a free enterprise system."
While respected businessmen have the
responsibility for presenting lectures and offering
experience-based advice, Bryan students will make
their own contributions. In addition to attending
the lectures, they will interact with students and
spend time with Christian organizations involved
in outreach in Central Europe.
"We are in discussions with the Jan Hus
Foundation to include Bryan students in its efforts
to bring about a better understanding between
peoples in the region, with a goal of creating a more
civil society," Mr. Miller said. "We also hope to
arrange for Bryan students to spend time in major
Christian organizations such as SEN, which reaches
out to the Slovak intellectual community and runs
a significant Christian book publishing operation."
Matthew Ellis, who earned his business
administration degree in May, is looking forward
to traveling to Brataslava in the fall to gain some
insights into business outside the United States.
"To be able to go over with Mr. » Just go j ng overseas helps students understand
Henson, listen as he gives different .
lectures, gives advice, going into tnat the U.S. IS JUSt a Small portion Of the WOrld,
businesses and talking with business that you don't have to be an American to be a
people, hearing the questions they will ^, . .. „
ask, this will be an incredible Un nsIian ■
opportunity," Matthew said. "I'm interested in
international business and finance, and this will be
a great help to have this experience with Mr. Henson,
seeing the world outside of the United States."
Matthew, who is to be joined by Jeremy Pellum,
a rising senior, for the trip, said he is waiting until
after the trip to seek permanent employment. "I
couldn't be better prepared coming out of
undergraduate school than I have been; I couldn't
have gotten a better education anywhere else. But
I know when I get a job I'm going to start learning
all over again. I'm ready to get out there and go."
This project has two benefits for Bryan, Mr. Miller
pointed out. "One of the trends in higher education
in the United States is providing international
business education. These programs are in high
demand and are very popular with students. Bryan
College is not positioned at this time to offer an
international business degree, but what we would
like to do is to guarantee any business student who
attends Bryan the opportunity for an international
business experience. The way in which this is
structured, our students will benefit and there will
be minimal cost to the college, because the costs are
being underwritten by interested donors."
Bryan students will have the opportunity to
spend a semester working with this project "if they
can work out the academic scheduling details," or
- Tim Shetter
to spend a summer or short-term period working
with organizations involved in the business
He said this fits nicely with Bryan's worldview
emphasis, as this "demonstrates our potential to
take our Christian worldview, apply it in an outreach
fashion, and help people whose worldview was
shaped by an atheistic Marxist culture see that real
solutions in life are found in the Gospel of Jesus
Matt Benson, Dean of Spiritual Formation, is
spearheading the new missions course with a vision
similar to that expressed by Mr. Miller. "We're on
the cusp of actually dealing with worldview - that
is, viewing the world," he said. "To this point, we've
tended to focus on American pop culture and its
influence in the U.S. and the Christian subculture.
Now we're asking what are the more fundamental
issues that move our hearts and our world.
"In some ways, we are becoming global players,
becoming educated about the world. When I came
to Bryan (in 1997), I saw the mission statement and
thought we could do that in America. But now we're
seeing an application in the world."
The new missions class is designed to take
students out of the classroom, to "get their hands
dirty," and to apply what they are learning in a
missions context. "I want them to see how to their
discipline can be used by God. We tend to be very
'boxy' about missions. A student may think, 'I'm
not going to be a pastor or a missionary' I want to
take the blinders off. I want students to understand
that anything you can do here, you can do 8,000
miles away," Mr. Benson said.
While making missionaries in the traditional
sense is not the purpose of the new class, developing
"Christians with a global perspective, who will live
life in a global way" is. "For some, this is a way
God will open their eyes to world missions. For
others, it may be the way He changes their plans.
But if they want to work for the next 50 years for
IBM, but live in a global way, that's great."
Students from nine majors - Bible, Christian
education, computer science, education, English,
exercise and health science /athletic training, music,
biology, and psychology - will begin their semester
this fall with a retreat to study missions in the Old
and New Testaments, the history of missions, and
to begin building a theology of missions.
Throughout the semester, they will continue to meet
as a group, but also will prepare for special projects
for each major.
In October, the 23 students, three professors
and Mr. Benson will fly to the U.S. protectorate of
Micronesia where they will work for two weeks in
cooperation with Pacific Islands Bible College.
Psychology majors, for example, will present
seminars on counseling under supervision of a PIBS
professor and work with individuals who desire to
discuss personal issues. Computer science majors
will offer technical and instructional help on Guam
and Chuuk. Education majors will serve as teacher
aides and tutor children.
"Each group will work in areas to help further
the mission of Pacific Islands Bible College," Mr.
Benson said. "We want to help build an organization
where we go, not just use the organization to learn
about the culture. We want to help them grow as
The host organization also will help evaluate
the success of the program. "Part of the evaluation
is up to PIBC to say, 'This is how you added value
to our program.' We'll be evaluating our tasks, but
I don't think we'll see the whole picture for five or
more years, as people start living out what we have
The trip to Micronesia is the first step in what
Mr. Benson hopes will be a regular program
covering all majors and involving faculty and staff
across the college. In the Spring of 2005, he hopes
to have a similar program in Uganda or India, men
"plant" students for the summer in various
ministries in Central Europe. "Over the years, I
would like to incorporate different faculty and staff
so we as a college community become increasingly
global- and mission-minded. This can help shape
faculty and staff to mentor students, and professors
will be able to model in the field what they teach
in the classroom."
Tim Shetter, a member of the Class of 1998 who
went with Mr. Benson on the first Bryan-sponsored
missions trip to India in 1999, is enthusiastic about
the new program. That trip dramatically impacted
him, he said. "It made me on fire for God. It turned
my life around. It made me consider what am I
doing while I'm at Bryan, or wherever, how do I
impact people around me for God?
"Just going overseas helps students understand
that the U.S. is just a small portion of the world,
that you don't have to be an American to be a
Christian. It can lead to some of them becoming
missionaries or just giving them a desire to further
God's kingdom here. It's incredible."
That type of impact is what Mr. Benson desires.
"There is a study that shows when students study
abroad for five weeks or more, they interact in a
deeper way with their studies when they return
home. They actually become teachers and influence
the culture around them. I think it will be possible
to come to Bryan and not leave the United States,
but to be influenced by a missions culture." lilil
SAYLES, REKOSKE, SAUVE TO
COACH VOLLEYBALL, MEN'S
BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S SOCCER
Three new coaches will assume duties at Bryan College next
fall as the college has filled vacancies in the volleyball, men's
basketball, and women's soccer programs, Athletic Director Dr.
Sandy Zensen has announced.
Leo Sayles, now youth pastor at Wildwood
Baptist Church in East Moline, DL, will be the
volleyball coach, succeeding Jerri Morgan;
Donald Rekoske will coach men's basketball,
succeeding Morris Michalski; and Mark Sauve,
international tour director for the Charlotte Eagles
Soccer Club, will coach women's soccer,
succeeding Mark Neddo.
Mr. Sayles has 15 years coaching experience
at the high school and club level, and has a
volleyball coaching record of 107-81. His teams have produced
nine all-state, 18 all-conference, four NCAA Division I, two
Division fl, and 17 Division ill players. He has a number of league
and conference championships to his credit. In addition, he
regularly serves as a coach and personal trainer for students
preparing to play in NCAA Division II and ITI programs.
He is a graduate of the University of La Verne in California,
and has done graduate work in education and theology. In
addition to volleyball, Mr. Sayles has coached
track, soccer and basketball, and has received
basketball and volleyball Coach of the Year honors.
He and his wife, Tanya, have five children.
Mr. Rekoske has served as head coach of the
Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minn., for eight
years, after coaching for four years at Pillsbury
College in Owatoma, Minn. His teams have an
overall record of 241 and 147 and have been to six
National Christian College Athletic Association
He is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist College in Wisconsin
and earned his Master's degree in Athletic Administration from
the United States Sports Academy. He and his wife, Elizabeth,
have two children.
Mr. Sauve served as assistant soccer coach at Toccoa Falls
College following his graduation from the school in 19% with a
egree in Christian education. He joined the Charlotte Eagles in 2000.
Dr. Zensen said, "We are delighted to welcome these men
) the Bryan family. They bring the kind of experience with young
people that will help them build competitive teams and, more
importantly, men and women of godly character."
BASEBALL SEASON'S GAINS
Brooks Walker, 9, congratulates Ben
Wharton during the Lions' game at
BellSouth Park in Chattanooga.
The 2004 season may not have
produced as many wins as Bryan's
baseball team would have wanted,
but Coach Joel Johnson said some
important steps were taken this
"We were not as successful as we
could have been, maybe not as
successful as we should have been,"
the coach said. "But we won our first
series, against Taylor, and all of our
victories were against comparable
teams, including one that was ranked
in the top 25 during the season."
Another first was a victory over
Virginia Intermont in the conference
tournament. "That was our first win in the conference tournament,
and gained a lot of respect from teams and coaches. They saw that
we can play well."
A record of 8-45, however, shows room for improvement, and
one of the first areas Coach Johnson is addressing is the number of
players. "We didn't have enough depth," Coach Johnson explained.
"Every time we had to make a change (in the field), it affected another
part of the game. Players couldn't just concentrate on one position
- they had to be ready to play more than one, and that hurts."
Recruiting has been encouraging, leading him to believe that "we
could easily have 30 players next year."
From his perspective, there are a lot of positives for selling Bryan
baseball to prospective students. "In an established program, when
a freshman comes in, he often doesn't get to play until he's a junior.
Here, a good player will get an opportunity to play right away," he
said. "Our facilities are a plus; we have one of the top three fields in
the conference. There's the academic success of the school, and the
athletes can see that the school is supporting the program."
Coach Johnson said Matt Day "had several incredible pitching
performances. He pitched a nine-inning complete game against
Taylor and won 7-1. In the game at BellSouth Park (the Chattanooga
Class AA team's field), he pitched eight innings and had 1 6 strikeouts.
He also praised Taylor Hasty for his 10-inning conference tournament
victory over Virginia Intermont,
"This fall, well be working on a lot of fundamentals like coverages,
relays, techniques. We'll have the pitchers on a strict throwing
program, and everybody working on weights and conditioning. In
the spring, we'll be in shape and ready to go."
Dr. Sandy Zensen received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas National Coach of the Year honors for the NCCAA
Division 1. Dr. Zensen led the Lions to an 18-3 record, including a string of 15 consecutive wins during the season. His squad finished
the season as the runner-up in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. He also was recognized as a National Coach of the Year in 1995,
before the NCCAA's association with the NSCAA Dr. Zensen is pictured with his wife, Sharon, after receiving the award earlier this
year. Recently, Dr. Zensen was elected vice president of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
back, look ahead
One hundred twenty eight seniors received
130 degrees during graduation ceremonies May
10, capping a weekend of looking back and
Honored guests for the service were 24
members of the Class of 1954, celebrating their
golden anniversary reunion. Class members
came from as far away as California to be
recognized during the graduation service on
the Triangle lawn and to receive golden
anniversary diplomas during a luncheon which
Still, the focus was on the newest alumni,
beginning with the traditional Vespers service
Anna Hanger reminded her classmates that
"we are members of the largest incoming class
to date. We are the last class to remember the
trailers (which housed classes and offices during
reconstruction following the Administration
Building fire of 2000). We really value the Ad
Building for the Smart Boards. We really value
the new library."
She pointed out mat members of the Class
of 2004 are headed to graduate school, into
medicine, education, missions, Christian service
in the United States, business, social work.
"Bryan College has done its best to prepare us
to confront the world," she said.
Ben Williams observed that "we have
inherited a world of war, out of which we've
been called, into which we are sent. As
Christians, we are to love those around us in
such as way as to set the captive free."
Class sponsors Michael and Betty Palmer
challenged the graduates to continue growing.
"God is wanting to use you in your chosen
vocation, but have this thought: He wants you
to know Him," Mrs. Palmer said. Mr. Palmer
added, "Cultivate a profound sense of ignorance.
Be a student forever. Cultivate a strong sense of
awe and wonder, of compassion, of God's
presence. The world is a dangerous place, but
an interesting place. We have been called to
dance in a minefield."
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay
closed the service with the traditional ribbon-
cutting ceremony, giving each graduate a piece
of a red ribbon emblazoned with the Bryan logo.
"Thank you each for the wonderful way you
welcomed me to this college," he said. "I know
this class will be heard from in years to come."
During the graduation service, the college
granted 62 Bachelor of Arts degrees and 68
Bachelor of Science degrees, including one of
each to Miguel Ayllon, in communication arts
and business administration: management, and
to Tim Opelt, in church music and mathematics:
Miguel, from Lima, Peru, and Melinda
Pangel, from Spartanburg, S.C., were presented
the PA. Boyd Prizes for their positive influence
on their fellow students. Kendra Laird of
Northglenn, Colo., received the Most Progress
award, and Toks Olowola of Ogori, Nigeria,
received the Faithfulness and Loyalty award.
Nathaniel Isler-Williams of Decatur, Ga.,
speaking on behalf of the traditional program
graduates, told the crowd of family and friends
that "Bryan is not about buildings or programs
or scoring high on this test or that one. If s about
training people to make a difference in today's
world to honor and glorify God.
"When all the years have closed around us
and we look back over our lives, what will we
see? Will we see ourselves as Bryan Lions who
entered into today's world and lived as Christ
taught? Paul encouraged us in Philippians 3 to
keep striving for the goal of the upward call
that is in Christ Jesus. We are admonished to
know Him above all else. 1, too, encourage us
to seek to know Him more and more every day,
to listen and obey His voice."
Speaking for the Aspire degree completion
program graduates, Dan Fry of Dayton, Term.,
said, "I promise you that God has, according to
Ephesians 2: i, good things prepared in advance
for you to do during your life. Think about your
resume, think about your career, but put His
priorities first when you make your decisions." ill
Twenty-four members of
the Class of 1954
returned for their golden
They were recognized
during the graduation
ceremony, and received
diplomas from Dr.
Livesay at a luncheon
following the service.
Award, given to a senior man and
woman 'whose principles and
character have secured for them
the highest degree cf influence over
their fellow students.'
commemorative ribbon for Ben
Williams at the conclusion of the
Vespers service before
The Kendra Laird Story
Kendra Laird burst into Bryan College's consciousness in
October of 1996, when she was critically injured in a traffic
accident near her home in Colorado.
Her cousin, Brooke Shepherd Fox, '97, asked for prayer at
Bryan for Kendra, who was in a coma in Denver. Many people
in the Bryan family began praying for her. On May 8, 2004,
many prayers were answered as she marched across the
platform to receive her degree in Christian Education.
The accident left Kendra with a brain injury that robbed
her of the basic use of her right hand, and changed
some of her career plans. "If I had had no wreck, I
would have been thinking to graduate with a biology
degree," Kendra said. "But the left side of my brain
(the side injured), controls all the basics of science
and math. Now 1 just cannot process that information
She remained in a coma for about three months,
and was hospitalized for about six months following
the accident. She underwent numerous surgeries
and many therapy sessions.
"Because the Lord had gifted me educationally, I only
needed four more credits to graduate from
high school with my class of '98," she said.
Her mother, Sheryl, helped Kendra complete
graduation requirements, and turned her
sights toward college.
"I had been acquainted with Bryan before
my accident," she said. "Bryan's Chorale and
Chamber Singers came to Colorado on spring
tour in 1996, and my mom and I housed four
of the students including my cousin, Brooke.
Going to Bryan became a deep desire of my heart at that time,
since I knew that my cousin would graduate from this college."
Acceptance at Bryan was a question, however. Because the
accident had wiped out most of Kendra 's educational memory,
she was not able to take the ACT exam Bryan requires. "But
my GPA was very high before my accident because God really
had gifted me. 1 graduated with a GI'A above 4.0 and that's
why Bryan did accept me," Kendra said.
She entered Bryan in the spring of 1999, accompanied by
her mother who came to help her. "It was difficult getting back
into the swing of school again, since I had finished high school
by independent study." When Kendra began at Bryan, her
mother was only able to stay a month before she had to return
home because of her health. In June 1999, her mother passed
Melody Benson, who became Kendra's educational
coordinator, assisted Kendra through much of her college
experience. "Kendra has to work ten times harder than anybody
else, Mrs. Benson said." When it comes to reading and
comprehension, her brain doesn't always click in. She's had to
overcome spending many, many hours looking at material and
getting it 'encoded,' as she says. For her, one of the hardest
things was that she had to work so hard academically she has
not been able to spend as much time socially as she wanted.
"The thing I remember is that after her accident she was
like an infant and had to learn to walk and talk again. For
her to be walking across the stage for her college graduation,
is pretty remarkable when you consider that 71/2 years
ago she couldn't walk. She constantly has the attitude that
God has given her this challenge and she wants to bring
Him glory. She has persevered, has continued
strong and faithful in her walk with the Lord.
She very much wants to be used by the Lord."
English professor Dr. Beth Impson said
she has been impressed by Kendra. In her
Introduction to Literature class, Dr. Impson
said, "I was amazed with her ability to think
through and come up with great insights.
That comes from real solid work and
perseverance." Since completing that class, Dr. Impson
and Kendra's relationship has become more personal.
She stated, "I have seen how, despite difficult times, she
maintains a cheerful attitude.
"She is so encouraging to me; I walk away from our
conversations so convicted and blessed by her relationship
to God. That comes out of her unshakeable faith."
Kendra said the encouragement of the faculty and staff at
Bryan has been very vital to her success. "They really related
to me and maintained me under their wings. Bryan has taken
the form of my mom. Bryan has been my safe haven in many
of my struggles here at college," Kendra said.
"I thank God my life has been different because it has been
for His glory and not my own." With her Bryan degree in hand,
Kendra feels called to be a speaker to share God's glory with
others and "to share the love of God and the peace that can be
found in His abundant love. Even though life is different with
the use of my one hand, I am very grateful God chose me for
my life's goal, to live every day for His glory." f*i
Brvan Alumi have a
for following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
n an ongoing effort to invigorate your thinking
from your alma mater, I offer you the word
"propensity." Propensity is an innate tendency
toward something. In this case I have stated in
the title of this article that we as Bryan College alumni
have a propensity to follow the leading of the Holy
I truly believe that this propensity began for most of
us before we came to the Hill, but had its flame fanned
again and again by the many Godly professors,
administrators, and chapel speakers we encountered.
There are not enough words to describe how grateful
I am for the professors and administrators I experienced
during my undergraduate studies as well as those 1 get
to rub elbows with today. Bryan College is truly blessed.
The current roster of administrators and professors is
second to none among colleges and universities today.
A few months ago I attended a Fellowship of Christian
Athletes fund-raising event in Philadelphia where my
daughter, Kimmie, '03, is on staff and was giving her
testimony. She called me that afternoon and said the
FCA executive who was to give the close and "the ask"
for financial support was called away on an emergency.
She then asked if I would take his place on the program.
Of course I said yes — I mean, how many fathers get the
chance to publicly beg for money to get his daughter
off his own payroll?
I have always had a propensity for athletics so I was
copasetic with the idea. I really enjoyed speaking to the
FCA crowd, combining my love for sports with my love
for Christian ministry.
Following the banquet, the eastern director of FCA
asked if I had any interest in becoming the director of
Greater Philadelphia FCA. I politely replied that I was
very happy and excited about my ministry with Bryan
College. He then asked me the question Christians ask
when they know you are going to say no: "Will you
pray about it?"
1 shrugged it off until Kimmie and my wife also urged
me to pray about the possibility. Well, the Holy Spirit
has persistently placed FCA Philadelphia on my mind
the past few months. Then I received communication
from the FCA board that the new superintendent of
schools for Philadelphia, who is a Christian, gave them
a mandate that he wanted FCA in every high school
and middle school in Philadelphia. I was astounded. In
America today, Christian organizations are fighting to
remain in public schools and now one of the largest
public school systems in the nation wants a Christian
organization to come in.
That same evening, 1 was reading John Maxwell's
book The Twenty-One Most Important Minutes in a Leader's
Day. In just the second paragraph Maxwell said:
"There are certain windows of opportunity when — if you
don't take a risk and move forward — your effectiveness could
come to a standstill. Or worse, you could permanently damage
your ability to lead people. . .when you are able to discern a
prime opportunity and take initiative to seize it at the right
time, success is inevitable. "
On Sunday afternoon I sat down to write my letter
of resignation to my beloved Bryan College. I cried and
was restless all night. The next morning as I was having
my quiet time, Dianne came to sit down with me for
our morning prayer time and saw tears in my eyes and
then she started to weep also. We love Bryan so much
and believe that the current administration is so headed
in the right direction that we thought we would be here
until we retired.
Why on earth would we move up north where it is
so cold, take a cut in salary, and only be guaranteed a
salary for six months? Those of you who have made
decisions like this know exactly why and how: Because
God has told us to do it!
Being part of the Bryan College administration has
truly been one of the greatest joys of my life. Dr. Livesay
has this ship moving steadily in the right direction.
Please pray for Dr. Livesay and the board of trustees as
they make decisions directed by the Holy Spirit. He, the
administration, and the faculty, like you, have a definite
propensity to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. May
God continue to richly bless you as you obey Him and
may God continue to bless Bryan College. "By our motto
we firmly stand, Christ above all!" in
suitemate, PIPPA (MAXWELL)
ASKER, '84, who was with them
for two years.
BETH (WILLIS) RIGGINS,
'73x, was selected Teacher of the
Year for 2004 at Paragon Mills
Elementary School in Nashville,
Term. She teaches third grade
English language learners.
BILLY GRAHAM, '75, is
working toward his Level 5
Boardmanship recognition by the
Tennessee School Boards
Association Billy, a member of the
Rhea County Board of Education
for four years, has completed work
on the first four levels by spending
hundreds of hours in classes and
seminars. The requirements for
Level 5 are such that not many
board members reach that
designation because of the effort
required. Billy's wife, JANE
(SCOTT), '72, is a teacher at Rhea
County High School.
MARTHA (WALKER), '75,
MCCLARNON writes to let us
know she is a grandmother six
times over - all boys - with the
birth of her newest grandchild.
She Is completing her 30th year of
teaching school and is dreaming
of retirement. Her husband, Tom,
has taught 38 years. Their son,
Daniel, is a senior in high school.
Martha asks her friends from the
Class of 1975 to contact her at
DEBBIE (GAINER) WILLEY
and DAN DECKER, both '76, ran
the 2004 Country Music Marathon
in Nashville, Tenn., as members
Debbie Willeyand Dan Decker
JAN (BUCKHANNON), '78,
JASSO was selected the adult
winner of the "Courage" character
education award in the Rhea
County Department of
Education's character education
program in April. Jan is a fourth-
grade teacher at Graysville
Elementary in Graysville, Tenn.
(WILLIAMS) WATSON, and
OSTMAN, all '83, enjoyed their
own class reunion at homecoming
2003. They were suitemates for
three years at Bryan, in the same
suite on the third floor of Arnold.
They missed their fourth
TOM, '84, and DAWN
(SHRIVER), '85, GARDNER
announce the birth of their third
child, Luke Frederick, on March
1. Luke weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz., and
was 20 inches long. Luke was
welcomed by sister AmberRose,
10, and brother Benjamin, 3 1/2.
Tom teaches science and coaches
volleyball at Sale Creek High
School, and Dawn home schools
AmberRose as well as leaches art
at Rhea County Academy. The
Gardners live in Dayton, Tenn.
of Team ASK (Athletes for Special
Kids). Special Kids is a non-profit
Christian organization providing
outpatient nursing, rehabilitation,
and social services for medically
fragile children. The team raised
more than $111,000 for their
AmberRose, Benjamin, and Luke
ERIC ALLEN, '85, has been
promoted to vice president of the
Healthcare Convention and
Exhibitors Association by The
Kellen Co., the second-largest
prof essional association
management firm in the United
States. Eric has been with Kellen
for 11 years. He also has been
elected president and chairman of
the Belgian Evangelical Mission
USA board. Eric and his wife,
Karen, live in Norcross, Ga., with
their daughters Jessalyn, 7, and
VICKY (MOHLER), '86, and
Michael DYE announce the birth
of their second child, Ezra Michael
Mohler Dye, on Feb. 25. Ezra
weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz., and was 19
inches long. He joins sister Fiona,
2. Vicky is taking a break from
teaching English as a second
language at St. Louis Community
College, and Michael is completing
his Master's degree in theology at
KELLY (GIVEN), '87, and Scott
CROUCH live in Rock Hill, S.C.,
where Scott manages an express
car wash and lubricating business
and is partner in a sign business.
Kelly works part-time as a resident
services coordinator for Carolina
Village, a continuing care
retirement community. She also
directs the women's ministries at
their church. Their sons are Phillip
Scott and Kelly Crouch, Phillip and
Jon and ANNA (SMITH), '89,
VICKERS moved to Knoxville,
Term., from Raleigh, N.C., in
February. Jon was laid off last May
while they were expecting child
number four. In September he
found a job in Kentucky. They sold
their house within nine days, but
after a week and a half he was laid
off again because the company lost
a huge contract. Fortunately, the
family had not moved, so they
lived with friends in Raleigh. On
Oct. 2, 2003, Bethany Hannah was
born, weighing 8 lbs., and was 20
in. long. She joins sisters Abby, 5,
and Bekah, 2, and brother Josh, 3
1 /2. Jon found the job in Knoxville
just before Thanksgiving, and
Anna and the kids stayed in
Raleigh until February. They'd love
to find out who else lives in their
area. Her email address is
Abby, Bekah, Josh, and Bethany
MARK, '92, and NATALIE
(CAWOOD), '97, CRUVER
announce the birth of their
daughter, Joalle Rachel, on April
23. Joalle weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz., and
was 20 inches long. She joins big
brothers Seth, 5, and Andrew, 3.
Daryland JEANN1E (JONES),
'91, SMITH announce the birth of
their son, Philip Colan, on Jan. 15.
Philip weighed 6 lbs, 7 oz and was
20 1/2 inches long. Jeannie is a 1st
lieutenant in the Air Force
stationed at Travis Air Force Base,
RONA HALCOMB, '91, and
Richard Kirby were married
March 27, in Clinton, S.C.
CHARLES, '98, and BROOKE
(SHEPHERD), '97, FOX live in
Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Charles
is pastor of media and
communications at Carolina Forest
Community Church. During the
past year, Charles and Brooke have
become foster parents and are
caring for three foster children,
Damien, 4; Angel, 3; and Robyn,
8 weeks. Charles also enjoys
coaching his U-17 girls' club soccer
team and Brooke absolutely loves
being a stay-at-home mom.
Charles and Brooke Fox, Damien,
Angel, and Robyn.
DAVID, '98, and ANGIE
WILKINSON, with their sons
Jonathan and Kobie, have returned
to the United States from South
Africa to represent Dream for
Africa, an organization focused on
preventing AIDS through
churches and schools. David will
seek to mobilize 1,500 Americans
to serve with Dream for Africa in
2004, and 5,000 to serve in 2005.
David maybe contacted by phone
at 770-886-1821 to speak about this
CHRIS TRIOLO, '98, has
achieved the National Board for
Certified Teachers award, and was
named Teacher of the Year in the
District for 2004. Chris teaches
high school science in Charlotte,
N.C., and is pursuing a Master's
degree at Winthrop University.
CRYSTAL TURNER, '99, and
Eric Iseldyke were married Feb.
14, in Nashville, Term., where the
couple lives. Eric works in sales
for Bellsouth and Crystal is a
freelance photographer and also
works as an executive sales
assistant at Jefferson Pilot
Eric and Crystal Iseldyke
BRYAN PRUDHOMME, '99,
and his wife, April, received their
Doctor of Medicine degrees from
East Tennessee State University in
Johnson City, Tenn, on May 1.
MARINA CRUZ, '99, and
Kevin Kress were married March
29, 2003, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Members of the wedding party
included MELODY (OWENS)
SIMMONS, '98, and
JONATHAN FICKLEY, '86.
Marina and Kevin live in
Marina and Kevin Kress
attendants included Bryan alumni
STEPHANIE WISE, '00; TAMMY
(DOEJARREN), '00, BALLARD;
DARA BALLARD, '00; and
ANITA SHAFER, '00x. Sheri is
finishing her fourth year
of teaching first and second grade
at Marshall Area Christian School.
Joshua is a lab technician at ADM
in MarshalL The couple lives in
SHERI TTLLEMANS, '00, and
Joshua Sternke were married July
5, 2003, in Marshall, Minn Sheri's
Joshua and Sheri Sternke
IRIS (GRIFFIOEN), '00, and
Erik MEULMAN announce the
birth of their daughter, Anna, on
KRISTI (SIMMONS), '01, and
MASON HUDLOW, '04x,
announce the birth of their son,
Jonathan Thomas, on April 13. He
weighed 8 lbs., 10, oz.
ROBIN (WEDEKIND), '02,
SARIGUMBA has been selected
to serve on the Olympic 2004
Sports Massage Team in Athens,
Greece, for 10 days in August.
There will be no compensation, so
she would appreciate your prayers
as she looks for financial support
to fund this opportunity of a
ADRIAN DEWHURST, '02,
and David Holt were married Dec.
20, 2003. They live in CuUowhee,
N.C, where Adrian teaches high
school science. David is a former
land surveyor who is studying to
be a teacher. They live in an old
farmhouse on David's family
'02x, and Jonathan KROEKER
have settled in Cuiaba, Brazil,
where they are serving with
Wycliffe Bible Translators. Kelley
has begun learning Portugese, and
Jonathan is getting reacquainted
with missionary families he had
known while growing up there.
BROOKE WILSON, '03,
coached her girls' varsity
basketball team at The Master's
Academy in Oviedo, Fla., to repeat
as the 2004 district champions this
spring. Brooke also completed
personal training certification with
the Exercise Safety Association,
and is focusing on developing
sport-specific training programs
for athletes who train at the YMCA
'04x, and Jonathan Poitevint were
married Oct. 11, 2003, and are
living in Hendersonville, N.C.
Whitney works as insurance
coordinator in a dental office, and
Jonathan joined the Navy in
March. He will be stationed in
Chicago until September, then they
will move wherever he is assigned.
With The Lorxi
LOU ROUCH WOUGHTER,
'97H, professor of botany and
zoology from 1951-'62, died Dec.
26, 2003. She is survived by her
husband, Dr. GERALD
WOUGHTER, '97H, of South
James E. Giesemann, 81, former
chemistry professor, died April 1,
in Sale Creek, Tenn. He is survived
by two daughters, three sons, two
brothers, a sister, and a grandchild.
Dr. Frank Wright, president of (he
National Religious Broadcasters, will deliver
Bryan's convocation address as the academic
year begins Aug. 25.
The more than 1,500 members of NRB
share a vision to proclaim die Gospel of Jesus
Christ, to transform culture through sound
biblical teaching, and to preserve religious
liberty in the world of electronic media.
Before joining NRB, Dr. Wright served
as founding executive director of the Center
for Christian Statesmanship, an outreach to
members of Congress and their staff. He also
was associated for nearly 20 years with Dr.
D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Ministries.
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livcsay
said, "We are delighted that Dr. Wright will
be our convocation speaker. He shares with
Bryan College a vision for transforming our
culture and our world by communicating the
Gospel of Jesus Christ His insights into God's
Word and today's world will be a challenging
beginning for what I believe will be an exciting
year at the college."
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OCTOBER 1 - 3, 2004
Class Reunions during this year's Homecoming are:
Class of 1954 and all preceding classes, classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984,
1989, 1994, and 1999.
There will be a special twenty-fifth reunion banquet for the class of 1979.
Griffith and Gray Reunion Concert
Featuring "The Best of Love" and other special guests.
Be looking for your registration packet to arrive in your mailbox soon.
Charles and Theda Thomas
Charles and Theda Thomas
William and Mary Swyter
Lloyd and Sandra Matthes
Sam and Anna Hemberger
Larry and Martha Gray
Rebecca Peck Hoyt
Howard and Tickle Ragland
William and Mary Swyter
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker
Henry A Henegar
Paul and Debra Jean Shirley
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker
Quentin and Norma Matthes
Jack and Karin Traylor
Jack and Karin Traylor
Jane Ellen Hodges
Charles and Theda Thomas
Charles and Theda Thomas
David and Kathleen Classen
William and Mary Swyter
J.E. and Carole Ragan
Frank B. Cook
Edwin and Joanne Hollatz
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker
In Memory Of
John R. Barham
William R. Green, M.D.
Jack H. Allison
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Warwick
Mr. Frank J. Schmickl
Dr. Dwight W. Ryther
In Honor Of
Dr. Theodore Mercer
Dr. Theodore Mercer Alice Mercer
Linda Minter Peterson
J. Robert and Lena Shirley
Linda Minter Peterson
Herman and Alice Matthes
Sue Keef er
Karl Keef er, Jr.
David and Sigrid Luther
Constance M. Boeddeker
Timothy M. Boeddeker
Jackson H. Gintz
The following gave in honor of Erwin Latimer.
Jim and Judy Barth, David and Maddin McCallie, Bill and
The following gave in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen D.
Owen and Annette Egeberg, Cal and Deborah White, Jack
and Karin Traylor, Laura Kaufmann, Scott and Janice
Pendergrass, Stefon and Alice Gray, Raymond and Margaret
Legg, Jim and Judy Barth
The following gave in memory of E. Walter Seera:
Wanda Davey, Clyde and Diana Armstrong, First Bank of
Tennessee at Dayton, Wayne and Phyllis Dixon,
UnumProvident Portfolio Strategies group, Celia Dixon, Ralph
and Ruth Green, Ron and Tracey Bridwell, Paul and Delana
Bice, Ernest and Doris Walker, Miriam Levengood, William
and Elsie Robinson, Jack and Karin Traylor, J. Sherman and
Linda Barnett, Jack and Kathy Blair, Jane Ellen Hodges, Wilma
Harrow, Raymond and Margaret Legg, Thomas and Mary
Frances Carlson, Rebecca Peck Hoyt
The following gave in memory of Catherine (Kitty)
Dayton Styling Center, Dru Smith Fuller, Winifred C Robinson,
William and Elsie Robinson, White Realty and Service
Corporation, Mrs. William McMahan, Jr., Mrs. Margaret F.
Finley, Shumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker, PC, Martha and
R.C. Thatcher, Jr., Betsy and Lee Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. TO.
Duff, Jr., Kenneth and Rachel Morgan, Jack and Karin Traylor,
Mrs. David M. Groves and family, Frances M. Roberts, Helen
M. Exum, Michael and Kim McClamroch, Edward and Betty
Jo Morgan, Judith F. Stone, Ray and Kathy Griffin, James B.
and Marcia Bramlet, Martha G. ChLsolm, Douglas and Sandra
Warner, Mrs. Lawrence H. Lassiter, James and Christina Nixon,
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Nevans
The following gave in memory of Earl Peck, Sr.:
Alice Mercer, Jim and Judy Barth, Celia Dixon, Jane Ellen
Hodges, Rebecca Peck Hoyt
The following gave in memory of Clyde Boeddecken
Constance Boeddeker, Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan,
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker
"This was a great
opportunity for us
to help Bryan and
increase our own
income at the
ne of Bryan's first students has
discovered a way to give back to the college
that can help him now and help strengthen
Bryan for the future.
Condon Wasson came to Bryan when it
opened in the old Rhea Central High School
building in 1930. "1 graduated from Spring
City High School in 1929 and went to
Tennessee Wesleyan one year. It cost $600, but
my father couldn't afford to send me back, so
I came home."
That fall, he and his sister drove from their
home in Rhea Springs, near Spring City, to
Dayton to attend Bryan. "My sister, Ruth, and
I signed notes to attend, and we were to repay
them after we got jobs," he said.
He stayed at Bryan only one year before
transferring to Tennessee Technological
University, where he majored in math and
science. "I wanted to play basketball," he
explained. "I think Dean Ryther was trying to
start a team at Bryan, but we never got to play
anyone." His math teacher that year was Dr.
Rudd, who became Bryan's third president.
"My one year at Bryan College got me
started. Bryan made it possible for me to
continue my college education— my sister's
also," he said.
After graduating, Mr. Wasson taught for
a year before being named principal of Spring
City High School in 1935. For the rest of his
career he served as a principal.
While Mr. Wasson was gaining experience
as an administrator the young lady who
became his wife was establishing her own
career as an elementary school teacher. Mary
Wasson also graduated from Tennessee Tech
after having grown up in Spring City. "We
never met," Mary explained. "We just grew
up together." Condon added, "It was always
Mary and Condon, Condon and Mary." Even
so, they waited until 1941 to marry, and are
looking forward to celebrating their 63 rd
anniversary this November.
Condon and Mary Wasson
Mr. Wasson became principal of Rhea
Central High School in 1939, serving until 1942
when he entered the Army and served as a
meteorologist until 1949. It was during his
first service at Rhea Central that he began
hiring Bryan graduates as teachers.
He retired in 1972 after serving for 12
years as principal at Dayton City School, "the
best job I ever had." Mary retired as a junior
high school teacher at Sale Creek School.
"Since he's retired, he's gotten so many
letters from former students saying 'thank
you' and 'how much you meant to me. You
got me started on the right road.'"
Recently, the couple saw an advertisement
about charitable gift annuities and thought
they should check into that type of investment.
"We were trying to get our house in order so
our nieces and nephew won't have to handle
anything when we are gone," Mary said.
"We're trying to get things where we want
them now, and we don't want them to have
to worry about probate and all the costs
associated with that."
They pointed out that the income from
the annuity they purchased from Bryan College
is much higher than what they were receiving
from their certificates of deposit. "We get a
check each month - it's a big help," Condon
said. "It's a good investment for anybody. I
never have forgotten what Bryan College did
for me. I have always wanted to do something
for Bryan, and this was a great opportunity
for us to help Bryan and increase our own
income at the same time."
And Mary added, "We knew what we
wanted to do, and we have the pleasure of
doing it while we're living." rii
If you think a charitable gift annuity might
be beneficial to you, please contact Jim Barth,
director of development, at 423-775-7280 or by
email: firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to
discuss your needs and provide specific information.
5ruan College Alumni
Tour of Israel and Jordan
October 10-24, 2004
Hosted by Bryan College
and Arbel Communications
With Bryan College
Bible Faculty and Staff
Yes, this year in Jerusalem! From
the shores of the Sea of Galilee to
the winding, cobblestone streets of Jerusalem, explore the land of Abraham, David, and Jesus. Bryan
College's alumni office wants you to come with them to see the Holy Land. This life-changing experience
will help you increase your understanding of the Word of God . . . and draw you closer to the God of the
Word. This exceptional tour is open to all alumni and friends of Bryan College. Alumni serving in the
ministry should especially consider bringing members of their congregation with them. It will change
your life and theirs.
This all-inclusive tour includes all roundtrip airfare from
Hartsfield International airport in Atlanta to Israel. You will
stay in some of the best and most unique deluxe accommodations
in Israel and Jordan. All meals will be included as well as tips,
gratuities, entrance fees and visas. The price for this deluxe
tour is S2,999** per person based on double occupancy. Space
is limited so call or email
today to reserve your
place on this incredible
You will visit many of the most significant
biblical sites as we open the Word of God 1
right in the places where it was written.
We will also reflect on the last days and passion of our Lord.
You will also see the Bible come to life from the daily teachings
from our guides and devotionals from Bryan faculty arid staff.
On this tour you will also have the unique opportunity to see the
rose-red city ofPetra, hidden for centuries and carved out of the
side of the mountains of ancient Edom.
For more information or a registration form contact Arbel Communications at
email@example.com or call 423-517-8617.
"(Price is correct as of time of printing but may change due to changes in airfare rates. In that case, you
will be notified in advance of the change. A deposit of $500 must accompany the registration form, of which
$250 is non-refundable. This price does not include items of a personal nature, single rooms, or airfare
from your home to Atlanta's Hartsfield airport.)
P.O. Box 7000,
Dayton, TN 37321-7000
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